Aaron Blau, EA, CPA

About Aaron Blau, EA, CPA

Aaron is a native to Tempe, Arizona. Aaron followed his father’s footsteps and fell in love with accounting and the study of taxation. Graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with emphases on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Class of 2001), he uses his education to help small business owners better understand their financial and tax picture. Aaron is one of the youngest applicants to pass the Special Enrollment exam, administered by the U.S. Treasury Department, and received his license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. Aaron, having completed a three year course of study, is also a Fellow of the prestigious National Tax Practice Institute.

Case Study: Are You Managing Your Personal Cashflow?

Client Sue and Richard are a newly married professional couple.  They have no children and earn a very decent income as corporate lawyers.  The mystery was they were living pay to pay.  Truth be told, they were behind!  They had acquired few assets other than a great car, substantial wardrobes and an eclectic wine collection. Problem Sue and Richard required assistance to manage their income and expenses so they could save to purchase a home within the new few years.  Their immediate need was to understand where their funds were going. Solution Their Accountant listened and reviewed the limited financial [...]

2017-10-11T12:27:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|General Consulting, Personal Tax|Comments Off on Case Study: Are You Managing Your Personal Cashflow?

Simple Options to Improve your Personal Cashflow

It is very simple: To gain wealth, you must spend less than you earn. Being fiscally astute is not rocket science.  Let’s review simple options to help you turn your spending habits around and achieve a positive personal cash flow. Settle bills by the due date unless there is an incentive to pay early. Your money is better placed to work for you in an interest-bearing account. Pay off high-interest rate debt to free up money. This is your priority task.  Debt is not a given.  Break the cycle and pay off your debts.  Pay as much extra off the debt as [...]

2017-10-11T12:25:57+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Personal Tax|Comments Off on Simple Options to Improve your Personal Cashflow

Case Study: Small Business, Big Success

Request an appointment today! How a personal trainer transformed her business and increased her income. Claire is a personal trainer with 20 years of industry experience.  Her personal training business was a great success.  There were many gyms competing in the area; but she had the clever idea, many years ago, to focus on a niche market of training pre- and post-natal women. Problem Twelve months ago, Claire decided to take the leap and grow her business.  She opened a second location.  Since that decision, Claire has been working long hours and, despite her hard work, her net [...]

2017-08-07T12:32:39+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Advisory|Comments Off on Case Study: Small Business, Big Success

Business Planning – Your Blueprint to Business Success

Running a business without a business plan is like rock climbing blindfolded. Your chances of making it successfully to the top are slim. And the process will surely be a death-defying one. A business plan is a step-by-step guide to running your business and creating a product or service that will make it successful in the marketplace.  You and your business plan must be flexible.  Your plan will need to be adjusted periodically depending on opportunities in the marketplace, the current health of your business etc. Every business should have a plan.  It may be formal or informal, it does [...]

2017-08-07T12:26:52+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Advisory|Comments Off on Business Planning – Your Blueprint to Business Success

Video: Find the Numbers and Measure Relentlessly

In any business there are three core activities.  It is important to understand three areas of business operations Marketing Sales Servicing It is important to analyze the effect of budgeted dollars, and how it affects your net income.  Putting all of your effort into one of the three legs of the stool means money rolls off the table.

2017-08-07T12:20:48+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Advisory|Comments Off on Video: Find the Numbers and Measure Relentlessly

Case Study: How fresh eyes turned a business around

n optometry practice had been trading for over 20 years under a previous owner’s name as their business brand. The business offered a broad range of optometry services in line with most mainstream optometry practices. CHALLENGE The business did not stand out in the marketplace. With increased competition, the business was seeing sales decline and the need for discounts to compete within the market. This strategy was not sustainable. The business sought the advice of its Accountant to see if they could reposition the business and enable them to escape the price-cutting cycle. ACCOUNTANT’S ROLE The Accountant surveyed existing customers [...]

2017-06-13T17:09:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Business Advisory|Comments Off on Case Study: How fresh eyes turned a business around

Is Your Marketing Plan as Tired as Your Business Brand

There are many ways to market your business, and the key to maximizing your efforts and marketing spend is to inject variety in your marketing plan. The following are four tips on how you can diversify your marketing to increase market reach and impact. Revitalize Your Business Branding If your brand hasn’t had a makeover in many years, it may be time for a new look. This can be one of the most creative and fun aspects of your marketing plan, but it should not be left to amateurs. Remember, your brand is the cornerstone of your marketing. Work with [...]

2017-06-13T15:45:32+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Business Advisory, General Consulting|Comments Off on Is Your Marketing Plan as Tired as Your Business Brand